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Pelvic Pain Related Pelvic Health Tips

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By Kristin Kenny, PT, DPT

Not many people realize that there are physical therapists specially trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation. These therapists are available to help both men and women suffering from conditions such as incontinence (urinary or fecal), constipation, pelvic pain or dysfunction (including vaginal, urethral, perineal, rectal, scrotal or abdominal), pregnancy-related problems, post-surgical pain or dysfunction, erectile dysfunction, and prolapse.

We are proud to say that two of our ARC Physical Therapy clinics feature pelvic floor therapists (Westmont and Orland Park). Over the next month, Kristin Kenny (one of our Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists), will share some specific pelvic floor health tips.

  • You should not experience abdominal pain with exercise or childcare. If you do, you could have an abdominal muscle separation. Here’s how to check: Place fingers perpendicular to midline (muscle runs breastbone to pubic bone), lift head and see how many fingers you can sink in, normal is 0-1 fingertips. Test at belly button, 2 inches above and 2 inches below.

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  • If you have vaginal or vulvar pain with sitting, specific activities during the day, prolonged standing or intercourse, your pelvic floor muscles are likely a culprit and physical therapy can help teach you how to relax your pelvic floor muscles (starting with deep breathing and general relaxation) and return to being pain free.

 

To talk with a therapist regarding your pelvic floor related questions, please call us at (630) 323-8646.

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-bowel related pelvic health tips

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